How K-12 leaders can cope with a ‘stunning’ power shift

Author and lecturer Nicco Mele reveals how technology has changed the power dynamics of school district leadership—and how K-12 leaders should adapt as a result

The traditional power structure is changing in ways that challenge school leaders’ authority.

Technology is transferring power from institutions to individuals—and this shift has huge implications for K-12 leaders, says Nicco Mele, a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mele, author of the book The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, spoke to senior school district leaders during the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 13.

“We’re living in this time of incredible opportunity, but it’s also kind of scary, because it opens up new issues—and our institutions aren’t equipped to keep up with these changes,” he said.…Read More